At 11:49 06/08/2016 -0400, Richard Foulk wrote:
I'm using LibreOffice Writer to write a novel and the line-spacing
is all messed up. Single, 1.5, double-spacing all on the same page.
There is nothing intrinsically wrong with that, of course: in another
circumstance, you might well want such variation - even on a single page.
I've tried Format-spacing, Windows-paragraph and everything else --
but nothing works.
I don't recognise "Format-spacing" or "Windows-paragraph", but no matter.
What looks like double spacing may actually be single-line paragraphs
interspersed with empty paragraphs. You can see if this is the case
by modifying the text: does it flow naturally from line to line? In
addition, go to View | Non-printing Characters (or the Non-printing
Characters button in the Formatting toolbar, or press Ctrl+F10). This
will show the paragraph and line breaks, if any.
Line spacing within a paragraph is a paragraph property as well as a
paragraph style property, and what you see may be the result of
either. Right-click in the paragraph and go to Paragraph... | Indents
& Spacing | Line spacing. Is the rogue spacing set there? Now instead
right-click in the paragraph and go to Edit Paragraph Style... |
Indents & Spacing | Line spacing. Is the rogue spacing set there?
Select your choice from the options in the drop-down menus.
The best way to control such properties is by using paragraph styles,
but note that local paragraph formatting will override this. You may
want to select all your material and use Format | Default Formatting
to clear local formatting before applying styles or seeing their effect.
Different situations may apply to different parts of your page, of
course. If you have inherited any of this material from elsewhere or
have pasted it in yourself, there are other possibilities - but if
you are writing a novel I very much hope that this is not the case!
Incidentally, don't worry unduly about formatting if you are
currently *writing* your novel. Surely you will want to edit the text
as you review your work, so you will want the formatting to be
appropriate for your own on-screen reading? You can apply appropriate
formatting later, when you are close to completing your work and
contemplating printing it.
I trust this helps.
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